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NEET verdict may spark nationwide debate

Apoorva Puranik, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 25, 2013
First Published: 08:51 IST(25/7/2013) | Last Updated: 08:54 IST(25/7/2013)

Opposition is growing here to the Supreme Court’s decision of quashing the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

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NEET tests aspirants for medical courses in the country.

In a meeting held on Tuesday by city-based NGO, Forum against Commercialisation of Education (FACE), for students and parents unhappy with the apex court's July 18 verdict, it was decided to conduct a seminar next week with representation from both parties – those against the verdict and those for it – to discuss irregularities

A 3 judge SC bench, on July 18, by a 2:1 majority, struck down the single-window NEET as unconstitutional, held that MCI notification on holding a single entrance test was beyond the powers of the Constitution

The court also said NEET could not ensure level playing field in the curriculum of different boards across the country.

A “one nation, one merit list” campaign will also be launched soon, which aims to start a nationwide debate on the right of private institutions to draw their own merit lists. given the disparity in educational standards in different parts of the country

Parents and students say boards across the country need to be brought to one level to solve the above problem and after doing so, NEET should be resumed.

The apex court had quashed the Medical Council of India’s (MCI) notification for holding common entrance tests for MBBS, BDS and post-graduate medical courses on July 18.

“The unethical means of extorting money from parents will continue due to this decision. We also need to bring state board students, who were lagging behind due to NEET's CBSE-based syllabus, on the same platform,” said a parent.

“Deciding a student’s merit is not a fundamental right. We will start a nationwide debate on this issue,” said Hema Shirke, secretary, FACE.

Tuesday’s meeting, which expected a turnout of more than 100 parents, saw only 25 attend, because of heavy rain.

“We are looking at an agitation programme which will see student bodies, MLAs and other representatives question the unfair decision,” Shirke said. 


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